Heartwood School

The Heartwood School was established in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Today, Heartwood focuses on timber framing, serving beginning to advanced students.

Over the course of more than four decades, we have learned that the people who come to Heartwood, varied as they are, together share a clear determination to empower their hands, to train their eyes for quality and beauty in the design of things, and to explore the ways we might live in a more honest relationship with our planet.

The commitment to become an active creator of your environment as a designer or builder asserts your right to make a difference and enables you to build places that express your care for the life that will happen within them.

The poet Gary Snyder wrote, "Find your place on the planet and dig in." We're here to help give you the tools to do just that.

Contact request@heartwoodschool.com to learn more about our courses and school.

2022 Course Offerings at Heartwood:

Timber Framing Intensive - May 2-27
Converting Trees to Timber - May 31 - June 4
Stereotomy: Building the "Moore" End Table (NEW) - June 4 & 5
Demystifying Roof Geometry - The Stereotomical Approach - June 6-10
History of Timber Framing (NEW) - June 12
Timber Framing (Session 1) - June 13-17
Timber Framing for Women & Gender Non-Conforming Folks - June 19-24
Cruck Framing - June 27 - July 1
Woodworking: Building a Shaker Bench (NEW) - July 5 & 6
SketchUp for Timber Framing: Intro/Beginner - July 6-8
Timber Frame Design & Joinery Decisions - July 11-13
The Art of Drafting (NEW) - July 14 & 15
Timber Frame Preservation (NEW) - July 18-22
Timber Framing (Session 2) - July 25-29
Timber Framing with Power Tools - August 1-5
Raising & Rigging - August 8-12
Intro to Masonry Heating - August 10
Outdoor Earthen Bake Oven - August 11 & 12
Scribe Joinery - August 15-19
SketchUp for Timber Framing 2: Intermediate - August 18 & 19
Basics of Building - August 29 - September 2
Concrete Countertops - September 1 & 2


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